Government Whistleblower and the Press

TitleGovernment Whistleblower and the Press
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDodds, R, Carr, E, Diaz-Sprague, R, Dillard, B, Jones, J, Matalski, M, Miller, R, Potthast, A, Russell, T
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractArdent R. Porter is an investigatory journalist with a respected Washington D.C. newspaper. He has a long list of contacts that often help him when he is writing articles on corruption within politics and government. When one of his contacts, Ian Stalwart, comes to him with information that many individuals in his agency were working to cover up illegally-awarded, over-billed, or otherwise fraudulent government contracts awarded during the early months of the Iraq war, the newspaper has to decide if it should print the story, even though these contracts have been deemed classified through the appropriate agency and congressional channels. To publish the story would mean that Stalwart and perhaps the newspaper will face prosecution for violating laws regarding the disclosure of classified information.
NotesCase from 2006 Regional Ethics Bowls, 2006. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2006